1957 – Birth of musician and singer, Shane MacGowan, original singer and songwriter of The Pogues.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Shane MacGowan was born in Pembury, Kent, to Irish parents. MacGowan spent his early childhood in Tipperary before his family moved back to England when he was six and a half. He lived in many parts of the south-east, including Brighton and London. Drawn to the punk music scene, he formed the folk-punk band the Pogues in 1982. The band gained fame by touring with the Clash. MacGowan brought a deeply emotional, Irish folk sensibility to the band.

After Shane MacGowan and the Pogues toured with The Clash in the early ’80s, the radical and often political band, released its debut album, Red Roses for Me, to critical acclaim. Their sophomore effort, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, was produced by Elvis Costello and widely praised.

In 1988, the Pogues released their most successful album, ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’, featuring the hit single ‘Fairytale of New York’…

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